Now this is an interesting republican strategy....

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by ZZZzzzzzzz, Mar 25, 2006.

    Sat Mar 25 2006 10:09:51 ET

    A Republican challenger to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is bizarrely claiming that the former first lady has been spying in her bedroom window and flying helicopters over her house in the Hamptons, the NEW YORK POST reported in a frontpage splash on Saturday.

    Former Reagan-era Pentagon official Kathleen "KT" McFarland stunned a crowd of Suffolk County Republicans on Thursday by saying:

    "Hillary Clinton is really worried about me, and is so worried, in fact, that she had helicopters flying over my house in Southampton today taking pictures," according to a prominent GOP activist who was at the event.

    "She wasn't joking, she was very, very serious, and she also claimed that Clinton's people were taking pictures across the street from her house in Manhattan, taking pictures from an apartment across the street from her bedroom," added the eyewitness, who is not involved in the Senate race.

    Suffolk County Republican Chairman Harry Withers, who hosted the reception in East Islip, confirmed McFarland's paranoid statements.

    "Yes, she said that," Withers told the POST.

    McFarland spokesman William O'Reilly responded that the GOP hopeful was just kidding around with her far-fetched claims.

    "It was a joke, and people laughed," O'Reilly insisted.

    But three witnesses who were present said nobody in the audience cracked a smile.

    "The whole room sort of went silent when she said it," one person said.

    Clinton campaign spokesman Howard Wolfson denied any spying was going on.

    "We at the Hillary campaign wish Ms. McFarland the best and hope she gets the rest she needs," he said.

    But Wolfson couldn't resist a sharper gibe at McFarland's remarks.

    "Some campaigns hand out campaign buttons; the McFarland campaign hands out tinfoil hats with antennas," he quipped.